WinSCP used OpenCandy advertising module in its sponsored installation package in the past, until August 2012. Had you used this version of the installer you supported WinSCP development. Thank you! If you did not want to support WinSCP development in this way, you could always use the other ad-free installation package.
The OpenCandy module shows at maximum one ad and only during the installation. WinSCP application itself does not contain OpenCandy and does not show any ads.
OpenCandy is advertising application. It is similar to Google AdSense, except it displays advertisements in installation program instead on a website. These advertisements promote another software packages. The advertisements are selected by providers of software being installed (in case of WinSCP it means WinSCP developers). When user installing a software (WinSCP) chooses to install promoted package, revenue is generated and shared between OpenCandy and software providers (WinSCP developers).
Some may consider OpenCandy an adware. In a good sense of the term, it is. It is a way to recover software development costs using advertisement.
On the other hand, OpenCandy does not demonstrate the negative characteristics commonly associated with adware, but:
opencandy.winscp.net. It also downloads advertisement image from
media.opencandy.com(though it does not send any information there). See more details about information being collected.
Yes you can. Use
/NOCANDY parameter when starting installation program or download version of installation program without OpenCandy. And if you use portable executable you will avoid installation program with OpenCandy as well.
Below is an example of OpenCandy recommendation screen in WinSCP sponsored installation program. Use the Install … button (or similar) to choose to install the recommended application. Use the Do not install … button (or similar) to continue installing WinSCP without installing the recommended application.
In the past, some versions of WinSCP sponsored installer were triggered as an adware by some Antivirus application. When this happens we promptly file false-possitive dispute with the Antivirus application vendor. The problem then usually gets resolved withing few days with virus definition update.
There were two significant disputes in the past that made us withdraw sponsored installer temporarily:
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